Easby Abbey - Richmond - Coast to Coast
Easby Abbey (Abbey of St Agatha, Easby)
It is well worth a visit to the abbey before starting this section of the walk, if time allows, as the remains of the abbey are in good condition, and the tranquil and picturesque setting is something you would not want to miss. There is a riverside walk to it from the north side of Station Bridge in Richmond. Alternatively, you can cross the bridge and follow the dismantled Richmond to Darlington railway path to cross the Swale near the sewage works at Iron Banks, turning left after crossing the Swale to follow a woodland river path a short distance.
Easby Abbey, or the Abbey of St Agatha, Easby, is one of England's best preserved monasteries of the Premonstratensian White Canons, dating back to 1152. White Canons earned their name due to the habits they wore being white.
Next to the abbey is Easby Church, still in use, and also well worth a visit. it is noted for its plaster copy of Easby Cross which dates back to the early 9th or 10th century.
Pedestrian Directions to Easby Abbey
- Leave Richmond on Station Road (A6136)
- After 100 yards turn left into Lombards Wynd
- At the junction turn right into Easby Low Road
- After 1/4 mile take the riverbank path
- Follow for 2/3 mile to reach the Abbey
Coast to Coast eBook
The Wild Beauty of the Coast to Coast Path
The Wild Beauty of the Coast to Coast Path is designed both as a trail guide, and as an informative and adventurous travelogue. Written by Roy David McKee, this is a must-read for anyone contemplating the walk.
The book is available from the iBooks store and has been digitally enhanced.
Features of the Book:
- Route described in detail
- Large scale detailed digital Maps of the route
- Hundreds of colour photographs that can be expanded to full page
- Photo-galleries of particular areas of interest.
- Research notes of Historic and Interesting places on the path.